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Public Intellectual Lee Smolin to Visit UC for Discussions of Time


Physicist, philosopher and author Lee Smolin will discuss the nature of time and sign books at events on Nov. 14 and 15.  

Date: 11/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Courtney Danser
Phone: (513) 556-8577

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What is time? Lee Smolin will present and discuss his take on this provocative scientific and philosophical question at the University of Cincinnati on Nov. 14 and 15. 

Smolin is a founding and senior faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and a member of the graduate faculty of the philosophy department at the University of Toronto. His research has been primarily in the area of quantum theory of gravity, and he has authored four books exploring philosophical issues raised by contemporary physics and cosmology. In 2008, Smolin was included among the 100 most influential public intellectuals by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines.

The McMicken College of Arts and Sciences departments of physics and philosophy will be hosting the events, co-sponsored with the Sigma Xi research society. The first event, titled “Time Reborn”  after Smolin’s most recent book, will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in 525 Old Chem. It will be preceded by refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in the Geology/Physics Atrium. The second event, titled “Temporal Naturalism,” will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15,  in 53 McMicken Hall. 

There will be a book signing at each venue.

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